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Zaventem airport will partially reopen on Sunday

Brussels Airport will partially reopen for passengers on Sunday, 12 days after suicide bombers destroyed its departure hall and killed 16 people. There will be far fewer flights than normal at the start and tighter security will be in place, but the airport operator said the aim was to return to full capacity by summer. The country’s main airport has not ...

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Smugglers advertise trips between Turkey and Italy

Turkey-based smugglers have begun to re-advertise trips between Turkey and Italy, in the first hint of a shift in migration patterns since the EU agreed a deal to deport any refugees landing in Greece. In an advert on Facebook, smugglers claimed that the first boat to Italy would leave this weekend from the port of Mersin. They offered places for ...

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Amnesty International accuses Turkey of illegal return of refugees

Human rights group Amnesty International says Turkey has illegally returned thousands of Syrian refugees to their war-torn homeland since mid-January, highlighting what the group says are ‘fatal flaws’ in a recently-agreed refugee deal between Turkey and the European Union. Turkey recently struck a deal with the EU to take back all migrants and refugees crossing illegally to Greece in exchange ...

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At least 23 killed after flyover collapse in India

Rescuers have worked through the night to reach dozens of people believed to be trapped under a collapsed flyover in the Indian city of Calcutta. The bypass was under construction in the Girish Park area when it collapsed suddenly on Thursday night. At least 23 people were killed and scores were injured. The 2km-long flyover had been under construction since 2009 and ...

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Laptop with photos of Charles Michel found in a trash can

A laptop belonging to one of the terrorists who struck in Belgium last week contained images of the prime minister’s home and office, along with at least one floor plan, a government official said Wednesday, revealing a possible clue into the attackers’ potential targets. “It is alarming that they were apparently scouting the terrain” around the lush Royal Park near ...

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Erdogan, Obama discuss security issues

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday assured his Turkish counterpart of American commitment to the security of Turkey, a critical ally in the fight against the Islamic State group. In a Thursday night meeting on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington, Obama and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed their strategies against IS extremists, according to the ...

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UN Secretary General asked countries to accept Syrian refugees

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments around the world Wednesday to let in more people from Syria, as the global body tries to find new homes for almost half a million people who have fled the war-torn country. Speaking at a one-day conference in Geneva, U.N. chief Ban called on countries to “counter fear-mongering” about refugees that has pressured governments ...

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American and Israeli personnel asked to leave Turkey

The Pentagon has ordered dependents of US military personnel in Turkey to leave the country, as Washington issued a new travel advisory for Americans traveling there. The Department of Defense said its evacuation decision was in response to security threats, following deadly bombings in Turkey in which victims also included Americans. The Department of Defense said that families of US military ...

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